Mum.CEO: planning the first step

Mums, this is the first step in our blog.

Before writing the article I had so many questions, especially because I did not know where to start from. Should I tell you about things randomly or with an order? Should I start talking about the blog and the way it was built or let it to another post?

In the end, I took the decision to start from the very beginning: to become a CEO we need motivation, discipline, constancy and we also need a plan, something that allows us to pass from theory to action.

Let’s see each one together.

Motivation

Is the reason behind people’s action and there are two types. The motivation driven by emotions (e.g. you want to win the local marathon and feel very enthusiastic about it) and the motivation driven by the reason ( this one implies that you use your brain, not your feelings, to keep going , through constance and discipline. Following the example done, you  must exercise your body daily and know the rules, in order to have more possibilities to win the marathon).

According to Michael Stawicki, the author of  The Art of Persistence, “ when you depend on emotion to carry you through, you are bound to fail(…)Reason-powered motivation is your internal compass, always pointing you north. It’s the real reason for starting and continuing a discipline” and is the one that can lead you to real results.

Discipline and constancy

Even if they come tied to motivation, they are the bridge between it and the results. The more consistent you are in what you propose yourself to do, the better results you will find. But consistency also implies a big amount of discipline.

For example, I am now starting my blog. I am full of motivation, but if I go sleeping instead of reading books or writing a post every night as I proposed myself, I am not using self-discipline to achieve constancy and, consequently, results.

Make a plan

When I was a teacher, I had to make a long-term planning, a medium-term planning and a short-term planning of the lessons.

In the long-term planning, I had to write what subjects I was going to teach from September until June. In the middle-term, I had to plan it weekly and in the short-term planning, I had to write the daily lessons, with all the subjects and exercises done that day.

It was challenging when starting, but in the end, classes flued in a more natural and organized way.

So, if you want to start a project you need to plan, firstly something more generic. Make a Brainstorm and a draft with the ideas you got.

For example, do you want to make videos on Youtube? What is the main idea for your project? What material will you need to record and edit videos? How much time would you need to start?

After that, make a short-time planning. Following the same example, imagine you are going to make videos teaching how to do crafts for children. You need to plan every single video, write the dialogs, the order of the events in the video if you will add some music or special effects.

Apart from that, if you are a beginner like me, you will need to read a lot, to achieve knowledge.
If you are willing to do it,  I recommend you to read Master Your Time in 10 Minutes a Day, also from Michal Stawicki. It really helped me to give a big step in terms of organizing my time.

Mums, time to go.

Keep reading and send comments, in order we all can improve and follow this path with success and together.

 

 

From Mum to CEO: sail away with me!

Mums of the world, have you ever felt that between the life you had before being a mother and the life you live now there is a huge gap?

Sometimes I feel like I am somehow another person: before mum and after mum. It is such a journey!

In a day I was a part-time teacher and a full-time front desk officer in a hotel, full of feminist ideas; in the other I was married, changing diapers, breastfeeding, making food, cleaning the house, having sleepless nights ( you can bet this was my biggest challenge).

Four years have passed since my boy was born.

One year after, believing in the old myth that breastfeeding mums have more difficulty to get pregnant, I was giving birth to my second child. This time it was a girl.

In the meanwhile, we changed three times the country we were living in.

With all these changes, my husband has been a Superman, providing us with all we need and I cannot complain about him. He is a tough one. Perseverant, fighting for his family, full of integrity, hard-worker. There is just some romanticism missing, but nobody is perfect, right?

I have been a mum at home. However, four years without working and coming from a family where every woman works is really challenging and from some months I have been feeling a big internal pressure to act, to make something, not only to improve the income of the family but essentially because I really feel the need to do something again.

Every night, when going to sleep, I feel happy to watch my children grow and have the privilege to see it, but I also feel a frustration about the fact I am inactive, about the fact that all the time I have during the day goes only for them ( with so many changes in terms of country, there is no family around to help and no nursery until now).

I have to find a way!

You may tell me I can just find a full-time job and put children in a nursery. It is an option, but without family around, if my toddlers are ill, I will have to miss work and in the country we are living school time is really short, during the first years ( 5 hours per day).

One day, my husband came home and offered me a Kindle and said:  “ now you can read at night in your bed!”.

You can bet it made the difference.

It has passed half a year and since then, after children are sleeping, I dedicate at least two hours to read about options to work from home, parenting and other subjects.

So, it is here that the journey starts.

In this blog I intend to share with you the knowledge I have acquired while reading these books or articles, willing that together we can find a way to pass from Mum to CEO and in case you think there is something I must correct ( even with English, that is not my mother tongue), please let me know.

I wish you can enjoy this journey as much as me.

Let’s sail away together!